There are numerous ingredients used in Asian culture that can aid your own weight loss efforts, “Kuromame”, which is made from black soybeans is just one of them.
Black soybeans are a type of legume that is native to China, but is consumed across much of Asia.
While black soybeans have long been thought to be helpful for weight control, an article published in the Journal of Obesity has shown this belief to be true.
So, what makes soybeans and Kuromame tea so beneficial for weight loss?
What about the Isoflavones?
Black soybeans contain isoflavones, which are a type of antioxidant that can help improve your bodies ability to process fats.
Another benefit of isoflavones is that they can reduce the risk of developing various types of cancer.
Perhaps it is the Polyphenols?
The black soybeans found in Kuromame tea contain a polyphenol called anthocyanin, which due to increased lipid metabolism can help limit the amount of fat absorbed by your body.
A study on mice that was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that weight gain was avoided while consuming a high fat diet, while also taking anthocyanin.
Or its fibre content?
Most legumes contain a high percentage of fibre, with black soybeans no different from the norm.
To reduce the chances of experiencing food cravings a diet high in fibre can help. This is because the fibre can help regulate your blood sugar levels.
Finally, the benefits of Saponins
Saponins are a type of compound that naturally occur in many different plants including black soybeans.
It has been shown that those who consume saponins may be able to gain less weight than expected on a high fat diet.
This could be because consuming these saponins led to a reduced appetite.
The truth about Kuromame Tea for Weight Loss
While Kuromame tea has been shown to be able to help your weight loss efforts it most certainly is not a miracle.
For best results you should use this alongside your own efforts. For example if you do not change your diet then do not expect a tea to produce incredible results, it simply is not going to happen.
Similarly, expecting to lose weight without exercise is not a good idea.
I would suggest diet and exercise together for the best results possible. Of course a little Kuromame tea alongside it will certainly help.
How to make you own Kuromame Tea?
If you have a local Asian food market then it should be possible to pick up some black soybeans. They are readily available and are not expensive to buy.
Use the following method to make you own Kuromame tea:
1. Soak the beans for an hour before dry-roasting them in a pan. You should do this until the skin bursts.
2. Next, microwave the beans for several minutes until they are completely dry and crunchy.
3. To make a single cup take 10-15 of the dry-roasted beans and place them in the cup.
4. Cover with cold water and microwave for 90 seconds at 600 W.
5. Leave to cool and then drink.
The dry-roasted beans can also be consumed as a snack if you wish.
They are low on the Glycemic Index, so are ideal as a snack food, even if you are diabetic.